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Sculpture Jam in 1998, to promote local
sculptors and bring sculpture to the public.
Teams of artists form each year, beginning
in January. In October the community participates
in the final building stages by coming out
to the Plaza in downtown Sebastopol,
working, listening to music, seeing the
show and actually participating in putting
the sculptures together. The Jam is sponsored
by Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
The people present were Warren Arnold who called the group together, Daniel Obert, Ron Rogers, and Clark Mitchell. These four were joined soon after by Gordon Pundt, Frank Schueler, Tony Sheets, James Stadig and Zak Zakine. Linda Galetta, executive director fo the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, was enlisted to organize community support which made the event such a success. The JAM developed from Ron's idea of getting together and taking all the junk" from the soon to end 20th century, and "jamming" to create sculptures.
The site for the jam was to be the abandoned Diamond Lumber Yard in the center of town. The Center had acquire a lease option to buy for the site and everyone wanted the public to come participate and celebrate.
In 1998 the artists paid for all their own materials and 4 teams produced 4 large public pieces for Spooner Park in Sebastopol.
In 1999 6 teams produced 6 pieces of sculpture and 5 of these were installed in various places throughout Sebastopol. The Center for the ARts received a grant to fund part of the Jam and nearly 90% of the materials costs were refunded to the artists.
The city of Sebastopol welcomed the art and covered the costs of installing the pieces.
In 2000, the City Council invited the artists to place pieces in more places, and offered even more place in 2001!
The fund drive for the acquistion of the Lumber Yard was in full swing and hopes were high. HOWEVER..
Instead of acquiring the Lumber Yard the center moved into a rented space on Depot Street, where they renovated the warehouse and installed studios and performance spaces for meetings, classes and events.
Sculpture jam continued, moving to the
Depot street parking area for three years
and finally into the center of the Sebastopol
Town Plaza. Each year there continues
to be 3 days of jam, and show of all the
artists' current work. The jam artists
sponsor workshops and monthly meetings
for the artists throughout the year. All
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